Volunteer coordinators are in regular contact with volunteers, primarily by phone and by email. Monthly newsletters are mailed to all volunteers with current information, upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. Regular in-service and educational opportunities are available to volunteers. In addition, the Spiritual Care, Bereavement and Social Work departments can assist volunteers with issues relating to their volunteer work with Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island patients.
Volunteers are part of the Interdisciplinary Group (IDG) that works to ensure the highest quality of life possible for the person living with a life-limiting illness. Other members of the team are physicians, nurses, hospice aides, social workers, chaplains and bereavement specialists. Volunteers can attend IDT meetings to discuss their patients.
Staff members are available to discuss specific patient concerns with volunteers one-on-one or with a group of volunteers who are supporting a particular patient.